Category: Destinations

Emerald Bay Scout Camp

A short drive to the San Pedro Terminal, and we join a line of more than 450 Scouts in uniform, snaking around the building, waiting to board the ferry. We move forward slowly, like refuges, pushing our duffel bags in front of us, pulling our backpacks, and trying to keep touch of lunches, water bottles, hats, and sleeping pads across the terminal and eventually onto the ship. Finally the gang blanks are raised and engines start to vibrate as we ease out into the channel for our one hour passage to Emerald Bay, near Two Harbors on the island of Catalina.

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First Practice Hike

The first practice hike is a critical event. It reveals the level of Troop aptitude and enthusiasm for backpacking. It also shows which Scouts and Adults are in good enough shape to actually consider a long-term adventure. Here is our story at Briones.

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Fall Backpacking – Ventana Wilderness

In Northern California, there are only a few places to backpack in the Fall (unless you like snow) and the Monterrey area is one of the best. There are hundreds of trails, many overgrown and unmaintained, and lots of scenic views and interesting history. A huge fire ripped through the Ventana Wilderness Area a couple of years back, but it has just been reopened to backpackers.

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Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Pt Reyes north of San Francisco is a great place for a day hike or an overnight outing. Scouts have been camping there for decades, but not always with an exciting hike up a waterfall.

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Coastal Hiking Areas

Northern California backpacking doesn’t get any better than these parks near the Pacific Ocean. Pt Reyes National Seashore – Hiking from Palomarin Trailhead to Wildcat Campsite

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East Bay Scout Backpacking

These destinations are great for San Francisco or San Jose area Boy Scout Troops looking to do a practice hike or an overnight backpacking trip.

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Lake Tahoe

There are many places around Lake Tahoe for Scouts to have fun. In the winter, there is skiing (cross country and downhill), boarding, and snow camping –

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Emigrant Wilderness

Emigrant Wilderness is one of the most popular places for Northern California groups to complete a 50 mile backpacking trip. There are so many trailheads, lakes, and

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Yosemite

There is no place in the world like Yosemite! Whether you are driving around the Valley, wandering through the giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove,

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